All Posts By Maria Russo

Maria Russo is an online editor at FoodNetwork.com, covering top-tier show and talent packages and managing the FN Dish and Star Talk blogs. She grew up in a tight-knit Italian family in Michigan, where food was the focus of most conversations and it wasn't unusual to talk about the next day’s lunch and dinner menus while eating breakfast. Maria graduated from Barnard College in 2012 and currently lives in New York City. She likes her pasta cheesy, her eggs runny and her oysters briny.

One-on-One with the Latest Food Network Star Finalist to Go Home

by , June 19th, 2016

Food Network StarWith only 11 short weeks to ready finalists before a winner will be chosen, the Food Network Star beast is such that week after week, hopeful competitors will fall, faced with the crushing disappointment of elimination. Here on Star Talk, we'll be br...

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3 Recipes to Float Your Way to a Boozy Summer Dessert

by in Recipes, Shows, June 18th, 2016

Whiskey-Stout Chocolate FloatRemember those old-school root beer floats you had as a kid, the ones with inches’ worth of foamy soda on top and chilly scoops of vanilla ice cream at the bottom? The three floats the co-hosts of The Kitchen unveiled this morning aren’t like that. They’re better — and boozier. See how Marcela Valladolid, Sunny Anderson and Katie Lee put their signature spins on this dessert-drink hybrid by checking out their next-level recipes below.

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Caption It: A Secret Meeting

by , June 17th, 2016

Food Network StarSure, the challenges on Food Network Star are a lot for any finalist to endure — they are downright difficult, actually — from the no-time-to-waste cooking blocks to the all-eyes-on-you presentations. But what's perhaps even more nerve-racking fo...

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Joy Is Running Away with the Fan Poll So Far — Who Are You Rooting For?

by , June 16th, 2016

Food Network StarBy now you've seen the Food Network Star fan vote, right? You know that by supporting your favorite finalists you can help them top the polls? Good, because right now it seems like you all have strong — strongly positive — feelings for one hopef...

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Food Star Kitchen by the Numbers

by , June 16th, 2016

Food Network StarWe recently released a brand-new photo tour of Food Star Kitchen, complete with an exclusive look inside the massive arena in which finalists cook, mentors deliberate and journeys end week after week. Now, with the help of the Season 12 culinary prod...

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Wherein Alton Dons a Disco Ball and Richard Wears Eyeliner — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, June 15th, 2016

If Cutthroat Kitchen has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. And it’s a good thing we’re ready for anything: In tonight’s Heat 3 of the Time Warp Tournament, host Alton Brown and guest judge Richard Blais shocked fans with over-the-top get-ups worthy of the ’70s.

Clad in a shiny human-sized disco ball costume, Alton welcomed Richard, who donned his own costume of mixed-patterned tops and bell-bottom pants, plus bold eyeliner and a wig, to the After-Show for a review of the day’s challenges. “How hard is that?” Richard asked jokingly as he took his place on the makeshift dance floor, which was revealed as a Round 2 sabotage during the quiche test. But in true Cutthroat fashion, the challenge indeed turned tricky, as Richard found out when he hooked his wrist through a weighted loop connected to a disco ball. After doing a few disco moves to reach the prep station, Richard felt the weight of the challenge — literally and figuratively, that is — as he worked on prepping his own dish of the day: crepes suzette.

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Watch Episode 1 of Star Salvation

by , June 15th, 2016

In the first several episodes of Food Network Star, hopefuls Havird, Aaron and Yaku came to the end of their journeys and were ultimately sent home — but not for long. This week they returned to Food Star Kitchen for a second shot at Stardom in t...

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The Latest Winning Recipes You’ll Want to Try

by , June 14th, 2016

Rainbow Chard and Carrot Top PestoEach week Food Network Star finalists are tasked with putting their personalities on a plate in inspiring, creative and, perhaps most importantly, delicious ways. Most competitors manage to get the job done, but in any particular challenge there's of...

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WATCH: 2 Cringe-Worthy Presentations That We Can’t Unsee

by , June 14th, 2016

You know those moments on TV that make you wince and curl up into a ball as you watch the action unfold through your fingers over your eyes? That happened not once but twice during this week's episode of Food Network Star. The stakes were high as f...

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Everything-Bagel Guide

by in Recipes, Shows, June 13th, 2016

Everything-Bagel Guide

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